Pete Rock x Camp Lo – 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt. 2
Two years after their first official project together, Pete Rock and Camp Lo link back up for a ill mixtape of movie styled proportions. With all original production from the Chocolate Boy Wonder and sharp intricate rhyme schemes from both Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba, this twenty plus track offering is captivating attention from Hip Hop fans old and new. With an evident musical chemistry and some well placed guest appearances, this drop is a impressive standout of bars and beats for a clean complimentary listen.
Here are the SOHH.com 5 Reasons to download 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt. 2.
1. Pete Rocks
Bronx/Mount Vernon, NY native Pete Rock has a cemented legacy in Hip Hop culture as a deejay, emcee and producer. He’s mentioned among the greatest in the genre for his contributions with projects such as the Mecca and the Soul Brother LP with CL Smooth and his own solo album Soul Survivor which featured the talents of artists like Big Pun, Wu-Tang Clan, Common and numerous others. His pioneering sounds are jazz influenced, and Pete continues to leave a remarkable dent in the game. He stays relevant and has connected with artists of this current era like Mac Miller and Ab-Soul. Pete worked with Camp Lo one the first release of 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s and wanted to increase his input with the second edition. He spoke to DMV’sthemoveTV recently about some of the differences between both projects. “It was Cheeba’s idea who brought the idea 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s to the table. I was with it. When they brought it to me I loved the idea so I figured I’ll produce part two with some real beats. Not saying the first one – the first one was is beats I already made with them just rhyming over my instrumentals, but I said I want to get involved with them and produce something new and see how that turns out.” The first joint was acapella vocals placed on Pete’s production while the second installment was actually created with fresh material from scratch.
2. Back On 80 Blocks
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s is a documentary chronicling gang life in the Bronx, NY from the late 70′s. It was produced by Gary Weis and featured the day to day happenings between two homegrown gangs, the Savage Skulls and Savage Nomads. It touched on all the social ills plaguing the area at that time and included commentary from many figures in the neighborhood. Tiffany’s is a jewelry store in Manhattan that was eighty blocks away from the South Bronx. Camp Lo was raised in that area and came up with the creative idea after Sonny Cheeba peeped the documentary one night. The timeframe in which the documentary was made is also around the same period of the beginnings of Hip Hop. The mixtape features excerpts from the groundbreaking film as well. Check full visual below.
3. Vintage With The New
The wonderful thing about this mixtape is it has a classic aesthetic to it and at the same time adds a touch of the new age flavor to it. Camp Lo is revered for their unique vintage style. On this project they mix it up with some of the artists from the newer generation and behind Pete Rock’s ageless and distinct sounds come out with music that has real grit and substance to it.
4. Excellence Of Execution
Camp Lo are masters of wordplay and complex lyrics. Even after all these years, Cheeba and Suade still have that spark behind the mic since their beloved 1997 LP debut Uptown Saturday Night. Listeners will be flown through a true nostalgic well put together offering. The project is very cohesive and feels more like a home cooked meal in comparison to some of the fast-food thrown together releases that are widely accepted in today’s era.
The features on this project are very diverse and that definitely adds to it’s overall appeal. Appearances include Talib Kweli, Uncle Murda, M.O.P., Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Tyler Woods and bars from Pete Rock as well. The man known as the Soul Brother #1 is responsible for all the beat bangers on this drop.